MINNEAPOLIS --From Rick Carlisle's standpoint, Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love could probably have a pro career with the Minnesota Vikings if he wanted it.
"The guy can throw a chest pass 100 yards,'' the Dallas Mavericks' coach said after Friday's shoot around. "He should be an NFL quarterback and can throw chest passes to the receivers.''
One player well known for his chest passes was Wes Unseld, who led the Washington Bullets to the 1978 NBA title. Carlisle sees some Unseld in Love.
"I remember Wes Unseld,'' Carlisle said. "Unfortunately, that’s how old I am.
"Love is an equal to him in terms of his ability to outlet throws quickly. It’s a phenomenal skill.''
It's a phenomenal skill the Mavs (3-2) hope they don't see a lot of tonight at 7 when they battle the Timberwolves (3-2) at the Target Center.
Love enters tonight's contest third in the NBA in scoring (26.2) and first in rebounding (14.6). He is as tough as a perimeter shooter and he is with his handy work on the boards.
"He’s a great rebounder and a great outlet passer,'' Carlisle said. "He's developed a long range game and he's a very good shooter.''
-- Dwain Price
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